Conjectures, tests and proofs: An overview of theory exploration
Paper in proceeding, 2021

A key component of mathematical reasoning is the ability to formulate interesting conjectures about a problem domain at hand. In this paper, we give a brief overview of a theory exploration system called QuickSpec, which is able to automatically discover interesting conjectures about a given set of functions. QuickSpec works by interleaving term generation with random testing to form candidate conjectures. This is made tractable by starting from small sizes and ensuring that only terms that are irreducible with respect to already discovered conjectures are considered. QuickSpec has been successfully applied to generate lemmas for automated inductive theorem proving as well as to generate specifications of functional programs. We give an overview of typical use-cases of QuickSpec, as well as demonstrating how to easily connect it to a theorem prover of the user’s choice.

Author

Moa Johansson

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Formal methods

Nicholas Smallbone

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Functional Programming

Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science, EPTCS

20752180 (ISSN)

Vol. 341 1-16

9th International Workshop on Verification and Program Transformation, VPT 2021
Virtual, Luxembourg, Luxembourg,

Subject Categories

Other Mathematics

Discrete Mathematics

Mathematical Analysis

DOI

10.4204/EPTCS.341.1

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9/28/2021